Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state, has promised to pay state workers their sundry allowances including for “sleeping and absenteeism”. Okorocha revealed this during Tuesday’s workers’ day celebration, popularly called May Day. The governor also approved automatic promotions for the workers, some of whom he said had not being elevated for seven years.
”Workers are the life wire of every organisation. I salute your courage, your commitment and resilience during the trying times with numerous challenges ranging from insecurity, lack of infrastructure and low remuneration”, he said.
“You have remained partners in the success story of this administration. I am not unmindful of your needs. I am ready to pay you allowances, even sleeping and absenteeism allowances,” he said.
On the minimum wage, the governor assured the workers that whatever the Federal Government had agreed to pay workers, “Imo government will not be found wanting.”
He said his government was able to reduce Imo pension from N1.7 billion to N700 million which would make for easy payment.
Okorocha called on the workers to ensure they registered at the ongoing registration of voters, saying their vote is their power to vote in people of their choice during election.
“There is need for you to keep our legacies. Shine your eyes to choose government that will replace me.
“Make sure you have your PVCs. The PVC story is not favourable to South-east which has the least number of PVCs.
“At the rate we are going, it will come to a point where Ndigbo will become an inconsequential factor in national politics,” the governor said.
The state Chairman, Trade Union Congress(TUC) Imo State Council, on behalf of the organised labour, complained of ill treatment meted to Nigerian workers by subsequent governments.